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Australia cling on at the death to deny Pakistan victory in first Test

  • Pakistan 482 & 181-6 dec; Australia 202 & 362-8
  • Khawaja sets up draw with epic 141 in 542 minutes at the crease

There’s no way to play down how extraordinary this was. The longest time spent batting by any Australian in the fourth innings of a Test. Two sessions of the fourth day, three of the fifth. On an Asian pitch in relentless heat, with seamers bowling reverse swing and spinners targeting footmarks and catchers clustered around the bat.

This is what Usman Khawaja produced in Dubai. A cricketing performance at the highest tier of any the game has seen, to save a Test from what should have been an impossible position after losing all 10 wickets for 60 runs during Australia’s first turn with the bat. Instead, his team drew and will enter the second Test in Abu Dhabi at parity.

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